“American Horror Story” has had three episodes now to wow us in Season 2 and honestly, we’re not feeling it. It certainly is disturbing and that’s its own thing — maybe it’s enough for some viewers — but it’s not enough so far for us.
In the episode that aired on Halloween, there was the opening scene Bloody Face fake-out that actually had us rolling our eyes instead of being frightened.
Back in the sanitarium, Sister Jude being haunted by the little girl she killed (or maybe didn’t kill, the newspaper said “disappeared”) is intriguing, but not creepy enough. And even though Lange is stellar, the drunken meltdown was mostly just funny.
Dr. Arden is certainly an upsetting character, particularly when he was going to rape Shelley and then when she woke up with amputated legs. His creatures that live in the woods are also mildly interesting, but their big reveal wasn’t scary either. It’s hard to put a finger on why, exactly, he is not having the same impact as Dr. Charles Montgomery from Season 1, but he’s just not.
Speaking of Season 1, let’s contrast what we’ve seen so far three episodes in — by this point in Season 1, the kill-of-the-week openings had offed the twin boys, the nurses (scary) and Moira and Constance’s husband Hugo. Rubber Man had made an appearance (he is infinitely creepier than Bloody Face), the basement had been established as the scariest place ever and inhabited by a ghastly child monster thing, it was revealed Moira was buried in the backyard, psychotic Hayden had made an appearance and been killed and the strangers had taken Violet and Vivien hostage and been slaughtered.
It just seems like there was so much scare factor there and that just hasn’t been the case yet with Season 2. In fact, we have no trouble watching the Season 2 episodes late at night and we had sort of an issue with that in Season 1 (shhhh, yes, we’re easily scared). But if we’re easily scared, then why isn’t Season 2 scaring us yet?
What do you think, “AHS” fans? Are we being too harsh? Are our expectations too high? Is Season 2 scaring you the way Season 1 did?